Dr. Gabriel Matthew Leung, the Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong explained how the novel coronavirus is different from SARS: The infected can spread the virus before exhibiting any obvious symptoms. In order to prevent carriers from entering Hong Kong, a total border shutdown is necessary.
He also said the best option for quarantine is a campsite. If the campsite becomes over-crowded, the next option is an entire hotel building but he reiterates a hotel is not an ideal choice for quarantine.
He also talked about the possibility of an existing Super Carrier, which might be for the case for the Diamond Princess Cruise, containing at least 60 infected passengers.
While people travelling from China to Hong Kong will be quarantined for 14 days from Feb 8, 82,000 people entered HK from China on Feb 6, a 40% increase within a day.
Source: InMedia; RTHK